Links

Here are a few helpful web sites:

More useful web sites.

After Deployment
http://www.afterdeployment.org/web/guest;jsessionid=3FE1A608B52A 15E446AFCD6011AB87CC

Wellness resources for the military community

Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS)

http://aarts.army.mil/

Our mission is to provide transcripts of military training and experience to Soldiers and Veterans of the Army, Army National Guard, and US Army Reserve.  AARTS maintains a database of over 4,000,000 Soldier records and fills over 2,000 requests per week.  Transcript requests are processed on the work day (M-F) they are received and mailed not later than two work days later (usually less) to academic institutions, Army Education Centers, and employers around the world.

Center for Minority Veterans

http://www1.va.gov/centerforminorityveterans/

The Center for Minority Veterans is part of the Office of the Secretary. The Center assists eligible veterans in their efforts to receive benefits and services from VA. The Center acts only as a mediator and facilitator -- As such the Center does not process claims, handle equal employment complaints, or employee relation problems. The Center is dedicated to ensuring that all veterans are aware of benefits, services, and programs offered by VA.

Center for Women Veterans

http://www1.va.gov/womenvet/
On May 5, 2010, President Obama signed the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Act of 2010 into law. The law includes provisions that help provide support for the caregivers of seriously injured Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans, helps improve services for our nation's 1.8 million women Veterans, and helps expand the availability of health care for Veterans and services preventing Veterans from becoming homeless.  These measures and others honor the sacrifices of our men and women who have served this country proudly, the commitment and dedication of those who care for our wounded service members every day, and our Nation's sacred responsibility to stand by our troops, our Veterans, and their families.

Community College of the Air Force

http://www.au.af.mil/au/ccaf/


CCAF serves the educational needs of the Air Force enlisted community by offering associate in applied science degrees and other credentialing programs that enhance mission readiness, contribute to recruiting, assist in retention and support the career transitions of enlisted Airmen. The college is the only federally chartered institution in the United States that awards college degrees solely to USAF enlisted personnel. CCAF is accredited by the Commission of College of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

DD 214 Online

http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/dd-214.html
A location to get copies of DD Form 214, Discharge Papers or Separation Documents

Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center

http://www.dvbic.org/

The mission of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC) is to serve active duty military, their beneficiaries, and veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) through state-of-the-art clinical care, innovative clinical research initiatives and educational programs.  DVBIC fulfills this mission through ongoing collaboration with military, VA and civilian health partners, local communities, families and individuals with TBI.

Disabled American Veterans
http://www.dav.org/

Disabled American Veterans has never wavered in our commitment to serve our nation's service-connected disabled veterans, their dependents and survivors. Our largest endeavor in fulfilling that mission is our National Service Program. In 88 offices throughout the United States and in Puerto Rico, the DAV employs a corps of approximately 260 National Service Officers (NSOs) who represent veterans and their families with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Veterans need not be DAV members to take advantage of this outstanding assistance, which is provided free of charge.

DoD/VA Suicide Outreach

http://www.suicideoutreach.org/

The SPARRC is the Suicide Prevention and Risk Reduction Committee (SPARRC). The committee serves as the main venue for inter-Service and Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) partnership and ensures system-wide consistency related to suicide, risk reduction policy initiatives, and suicide surveillance metrics.

DOD Non-Traditional Education System (DANTES)
http://www.dantes.doded.mil/Dantes_web/DANTESHOME.asp

DANTES mission is to support the off-duty, voluntary education programs of the Department of Defense and to conduct special projects and development activities in support of education-related functions of the Department.

E-Benefits

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/appmanager/eb/veterans

eBenefits is your one-stop shop for online benefits-related tools and information. This portal is designed for Wounded Warriors, Veterans, Service Members, their families, and their caregivers. We invite you to explore eBenefits and become a registered user.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve

http://esgr.org/site/

Mission Statement:  We will develop and promote employer support for Guard and Reserve service by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members.

Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
http://www.militaryguides.acenet.edu/

For more than a half century, the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services has been the standard reference work for recognizing learning acquired in the military. Presented here in online format, the Guide Online contains ACE recommendations for formal courses and occupations offered by the services as individual exhibits.

FAFSA Express
http://studentaid.ed.gov/PORTALSWebApp/students/english/fafsa.jsp

Check out the free FAFSA on the Web: the way to apply online for student financial aid! When you apply online, you don't hassle with paperwork, and you get your results faster. Plus, help filling out your FAFSA is built into the system, so you'll know what to do as you go along. You can even chat live online with a customer service representative if you need personal assistance. This help is free. You don't have to pay us or anyone else for assistance.

Folds of Honor Foundation

http://www.foldsofhonor.org/mission

Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to empower deserving military families with educational support and opportunities. FHF provides post-secondary educational scholarships to the spouses and children of service members disabled or killed as a result of their military service to our great nation. Our unique scholarships can be applied to schooling now or held by Folds of Honor on behalf of young children until needed at the time of enrollment.

GI BILL Official Web Site

http://www.gibill.va.gov/

Official G.I. Bill information

Helmets to Hardhats

http://helmetstohardhats.org/

Are you looking for a job, or are you looking for a career? If you're looking for a career, you're in the right place. Helmets to Hardhats places quality men and women from the Armed Forces into promising building and construction careers.

Homeless Veterans

http://www1.va.gov/HOMELESS/index.asp

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is taking decisive action to end Veteran homelessness in five years.  All Veterans at risk for homelessness or attempting to exit homelessness must have easy access to programs and services.  VA offers a variety of resources, programs, and benefits which are detailed below.

House Committee on Veterans Affairs (Legislative Actions)

http://veterans.house.gov/
Status on what is going on in Congress specific to veterans.

Mental Health Care

http://www.militarymentalhealth.org/Welcome.aspx

To help those who may be struggling, the Department of Defense teamed up with the nonprofit organization, Screening for Mental Health®, to launch Military Pathways (formerly the Mental Health Self-Assessment Program®). The program is available online, over the phone, and at special events held at installations worldwide. It provides free, anonymous mental health and alcohol self-assessments for family members and service personnel in all branches including the National Guard and Reserve. The self-assessments are a series of questions that, when linked together, help create a picture of how an individual is feeling and whether they could benefit from talking to a health professional.

Military.com

http://www.military.com/

Military.com's free membership connects service members, military families and veterans to all the benefits of service — government benefits, scholarships, discounts, lifelong friends, mentors, great stories of military life or missions, and much more.

National Center for PTSD

http://ptsd.va.gov/

The Center aims to help U.S. Veterans and others through research, education, and training on trauma and PTSD.

National Resource Directory

http://www.nationalresourcedirectory.gov/
The National Resource Directory (NRD) provides access to services and resources at the national, state and local levels that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

Navy Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART)

http://www.military.com/education/content/timesaving-programs/sailor-marine-american-council-education-registry-transcript.html
An official transcript endorsing and recommending college credit for military education and training and recognized by the American Council on Education (ACE) increases college credit awarded, enhances opportunities to complete a college degree, and offset tuition assistance costs through increased college and university recognition of military schools and experience for credit.

National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Project Personnel

http://navub.org/

The National Association of Veterans Upward Bound Project Personnel (NAVUBPP) is the professional association for Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) staff personnel. Forty-eight Veterans Upward Bound projects, supported by NAVUBPP, are dedicated to fully developing the personal potential of all U.S. military veterans. VUB staff and instructors assist veterans by developing, improving, and extending educational access and opportunities to eligible veterans through academic needs assessment, instruction, enrichment, and other academic support activities.

ONE Freedom

  http://www.onefreedom.org/
ONE Freedom offers service members, veterans and military families a powerful framework of education and training that builds strength, resilience and a clearer understanding of how to maintain balance in the face of military deployments and other lifestyle challenges. Taught by a dynamic team of field experts, military and civilian, ONE Freedom programs guide participants in exploring strength through effective skills and balanced living, and provide tools and resources for on-going personal learning and growth.

On-line Benefits Application (VONAPP)
http://vabenefits.vba.va.gov/vonapp/main.asp

The VONAPP (Veterans On Line Application) website is an official U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website that enables service members, veterans and their beneficiaries, and other designated individuals to apply for benefits using the Internet.

REAL WARRIORS*REAL BATTLES*REAL STRENGTH

http://realwarriors.net/

The Real Warriors Campaign is an initiative launched by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.

Returning Service Members (OIF/OEF)
http://www.oefoif.va.gov/

Have you recently returned from military service? If you've served, you've earned benefits. Now is the time to take advantage of the benefits VA offers OEF/OIF Veterans.

Social Security Online
http://www.ssa.gov/

The Social Security disabilityinsurance program (sometimes referred to as SSDI) pays benefits to you and certain family members if you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes.

Students Veterans of America (National)

http://www.studentveterans.org/

Student Veterans of America (SVA) is a coalition of student veterans groups from college campuses across the United States. Founded in January of 2008, SVA is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that works to develop new student groups, coordinate between existing student groups, and advocate on behalf of student veterans at the local, state, and national level.

The Mission Continues

http://www.missioncontinues.org/

Mission: To build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together we honor the fall en by living their values through service.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

http://www.taps.org/

Caring for the families of the fallen...

TAPS is the 24/7 tragedy assistance resource for ANYONE who has suffered the loss of a military loved one, regardless of the relationship to the deceased or the circumstance of the death.

Transition Assistance Program

http://www.turbotap.org/register.tpp

The full transition resources are available through this portal. Access them well before or after your military-to-civilian transition on your timing and when you need them.

Troops to Teachers

http://www.proudtoserveagain.com/

Troops to Teachers is a U.S. Department of Education and Department of Defense program that helps eligible military personnel begin a new career as teachers in public schools where their skills, knowledge and experience are most needed.

US Department of Labor Veterans Employments and Training Service

http://www.dol.gov/vets/

VETS Proudly Serves Veterans & Service Members! We Provide Resources and Expertise to Assist and Prepare them to Obtain Meaningful Careers, Maximize their Employment Opportunities, and Protect their Employment Rights.

US Office of Veteran Affairs
http://www.va.gov/

Veterans of the United States armed forces may be eligible for a broad range of programs and services provided by the VA. Eligibility for most VA benefits is based upon discharge from active military service under other than dishonorable conditions, and certain benefits require service during wartime.

VA Forms

http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/education_forms.htm

G.I. Bill forms online

Veterans Administration

http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/
Link to the Veterans Administration

Veterans Crisis Line

http://www.mentalhealth.va.gov/suicide_prevention/

VA is committed to addressing the issue of suicide among our Veterans and offers a network of support available to those who have served our country. VA provides a confidential 24/7 Veterans Crisis Line for Veterans in crisis and their families. Trained VA professionals are available at all times to assist Veterans and their family members. Veterans and their families do not have to be enrolled in VA to use the free, confidential Veterans Crisis Line.

Vocational Rehabilitation
http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/index.htm

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VetSuccess Program is authorized by Congress under Title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, Chapter 31. It is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program. The VetSuccess program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilitiesto prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, VetSuccess offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible.

WAVE
https://www.gibill.va.gov/wave/index.do

The WAVE application is for those using benefits under chapter 30 (Montgomery GI Bill -Active Duty), chapter 1606 (Montgomery GI Bill - Selected Reserve), and chapter 1607 (Reservist Educational Assistance Program, REAP) that must verify their attendance each month. It is not currently available to those receiving chapter 33 (Post 9/11 GI Bill) benefits.


Here is a .PDF document of useful web sites from Lawrence P. Britton, Executive Director Veterans Upward Bound  Wichita State University.